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Report: Celtics Are Actively Shopping A Couple Of Their Starters

Boston is reportedly shopping a couple of their key players.

Gordon Hayward agreed a four-year, $128 million maximum contract with the Boston Celtics on Tuesday.

He can't sign it yet, though.

Boston needs to create some cap space.

In order to do that, the Celtics are reportedly shopping three key players, probably needing to move at least one of them in order to sign Hayward to his maximum deal.

From ESPN:

The Boston Celtics have been aggressively trying to create enough salary cap room to give Gordon Hayward the four-year, $128 million maximum contract he agreed upon by discussing trades involving Marcus Smart, Jae Crowder and Avery Bradley, sources told ESPN.

The Celtics have to make a complicated series of moves to create enough to sign Hayward to the full max. But because the salary cap did not rise as much as projected, they will likely have to trade one or more of those three players to sign Hayward. Sources told ESPN that Boston has discussed trade concepts involving those players with at least half a dozen teams on Wednesday.

Crowder is probably the best trade chip of the three considering his contract. Bradley and Smart are both set to be free agents next summer and it's unlikely Boston can retain both of them, since Isaiah Thomas is due for a big contract, too.

You can view ESPN's full report here.